Criminal career spans 60 years
ATLANTA -- (KTLA) -- Doris Payne, a notorious octogenarian jewel thief with a long rap sheet in Southern California, has been arrested yet again on larceny charges in an Atlanta suburb.
Payne, 86, was arrested Tuesday for trying to steal a $2,000 diamond necklace from a Von Maur department store in the Perimeter Mall in Dunwoody, Ga., the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported. Payne allegedly slipped the necklace into her back pocket and tried to leave the store, Dunwoody police told the newspaper.
Payne’s decades of theft were chronicled in a 2013 documentary called “The Life and Crimes of Doris Payne.” The Jewelers’ Security Alliance, an industry trade group, sent out bulletins as early as the 1970s warning about her, according to the Associated Press.
In November 2013, she swiped a $22,500 diamond-and-white-gold ring from El Paseo Jewelers in Palm Desert. She pleaded guilty to one felony count each of burglary and grand theft and was sentenced to four years in custody — two in county jail, two under mandatory supervision.